The State of Michigan plans to begin conducting background checks on home health aides after an audit revealed nearly 3,800 independent living aides with felony convictions on their records. There are 70,000 home health workers in the State of Michigan, and nearly 5% were flagged to have been convicted of felonies. Under current law, checks are not mandatory, but a new policy will be enacted within a month requiring agencies to perform these checks.
FELONS CAN NO LONGER WORK AS HOME HEALTH CARE AIDES
People convicted of murder, criminal sexual offenses and Medicaid fraud will be automatically disqualified from being home health workers, even in cases in which they are hired by family members who may be aware of prior criminal activity. It remains to be determined whether felons convicted of lesser offenses will be disqualified from these jobs in the wake of these background checks.
EXPUNGEMENTS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS
It may not be necessary for you to lose your livelihood, your job or your future just because you have a felony conviction. The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have been helping clients expunge their prior convictions for decades. We can help you get your felony or misdemeanor expunged by aggressively filing and litigating a Motion to Set Aside your prior conviction. Many people mistakenly believe that an expungement is something to be taken for granted. Many judges and prosecutors are very reluctant to agree to set aside a prior felony conviction and success can only be achieved through proper planning, persuasive petitioning and years of experience in handling these matters.
MICHIGAN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
If you are affected by the changes in the law or you are a healthcare worker charged with committing a felony or misdemeanor, the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN P.L.L.C. can help. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. we understand that money is valuable and anything you spend on legal fees is less that you can save and use for your family. By the same token, we also understand the importance of having expert representation to help you get the best possible defense. If you have any questions, please contact us at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will promptly contact you.